OR Tambo’s name bandied about by morally cor­rupt in ANC

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Siyanda Mh­longo

I HON­ESTLY feel sorry for Oliver Tambo, whose name is be­ing abused by those who want to claim they are liv­ing up to his high stan­dard of qual­ity lead­er­ship, moral­ity, ethics and in­tel­lec­tual acu­men.

Even those who have been mired in scan­dals and con­tro­versy are hid­ing be­hind his name. Dur­ing its years of wis­dom, the ANC old guard re­alised that the Na­tional Party would ban the ANC and so nom­i­nated Tambo to lead the ANC for­eign mis­sion.

This was not great wis­dom, but strate­gic lead­er­ship by the then wise ANC.

Nel­son Man­dela be­came a sym­bol of re­sis­tance in­side prison. Ahmed Kathrada, whether in me­dia in­ter­views or lead­ing tourists in­side Robben Is­land, em­pha­sised that in­side prison there were no po­lice­men un­leash­ing dogs, throw­ing tear­gas or beat­ing any­one.

It was those in ex­ile and in­side the coun­try who suf­fered most but Tambo steered the ship, saw deaths, man­aged con­flicts and watched many of his con­tem­po­raries die.

His peo­ple were mas­sa­cred in Ma­tola, Gaborone, Maseru and Swazi­land. He wit­nessed cou­ples be­ing as­sas­si­nated, for ex­am­ple Grif­fiths and Vic­to­ria Mx­enge.

To­day, his name is even used by thieves, crooks, hye­nas, croc­o­diles and fraud­sters to “colonise” our public purse with for­eign­ers.

To­day, the in­tegrity com­mit­tee, stal­warts and veter­ans and the Left call on Num­ber One Crook to quit, but the crook un­leashes his “po­lit­i­cal pit­bulls”, some of whom were never MK or gen­uinely ANC, to at­tack the old guard of Gertrude Shope, An­drew Mlan­geni, De­nis Gold­berg, Ahmed Kathrada, Ben Turok, Joe Jele, Al­ber tina Sisulu, Bar­bara Masekela, Eric Mt­shali and Billy Modise.

Kebby Maphat­soe calls them “empty tins”. If he is a “full tin”, why did he desert MK camps?

They do so with­out pro­tec­tion from Gwede Man­tashe, who too uses ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to lie about his veter­ans and stal­warts. It is a big lie that veter­ans and stal­warts wanted an un­rep­re­sented con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence with­out branches.

What is com­mon be­tween Man­tashe and Zuma is their “chameleon” char­ac­ters. Man­tashe can­not claim to be an hon­est dis­ci­ple of Pix­ley ka Seme, James Calata, Wal­ter Sisulu, Tambo, Duma Nokwe, Al­fred Nzo, John Nkadi­meng, Jay Naidoo, Moses Kotane, Moses Mab­hida, Joe Slovo and Chris Hani, all sec­re­taries-gen­eral of the tri­par­tite al­liance.

The na­tion, Free­dom Char­ter­ists and the gen­uine Left of Kotane must sup­port a con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence as sug­gested by Mavuso Msi­mang and Siphiwe Nyanda.

One of its tasks must be to ad­vo­cate that peo­ple of im­moral and un­eth­i­cal stan­dards be banned from abus­ing the good name of Tambo, who, like his pre­de­ces­sor Chief Luthuli, was a moral­ist and 100% Chris­tian.

It must ac­cept Supra Mahumapelo’s call for a ref­er­en­dum on Ja­cob Zuma.

Man­tashe and Zuma among the chameleon char­ac­ters

KwaDukuza, KZN

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